Monday, May 27, 2019

Remember and Honor

Reposted in honor to those who have served and who now serve our country,
including their families,
for whose sacrifice I am ever grateful.

May you and yours have a Happy Memorial Day <3

Sunday, May 26, 2019

No Sew Slow Sunday

It was a day to play outside with the pretty flowers.

Gerbera Daisies in the big pot we placed on the stump of the old maple
we had cut down a few years ago because it interfered with the power lines.
Gerbera daisies  and I do not always respond well to my less than green thumbs
according to This Planting Guide
they should do well in this very sunny corner of the front yard.
Time will tell.

Maybe I will sew a few little blacks together before sleep,
maybe not.

May you be enjoying a slow Sunday, too.

Sweet quilty dreams. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Saturday Sewing ~ Seaglass

This morning these lovely green and blue pieces of my sea glass fabrics
for my

were all over my cutting table.

I briefly considered putting these away for another day 
and'sewing scraps for my usual scrappy Saturday.

I briefly considered going into my quilting room to quilt.

Then I went outside where the sun was shining and did not get back to 
making my quilty decision until after dark.

It was a lovely day outside and we did yard work,
ran errands, lunched out and just sat and enjoyed the yard as much as possible.

Here is Block 2 

This evening I just picked up the sea glass pieces and pieced out.

Because I opted not to cut the centers of my star,
I am devising my own construction method.

I discovered I needed to do this after I sewed 

Block 1

So my seam ripper and I had a fun time taking off the bottom row of this block 
and sewing it into the center strip instead.

Here is one side  of my quilt and the center strip.

The last two corners should go together quickly now.
I am actually ahead on this quiltalong.
My top will be together soon. 
Perhaps tomorrow ~ perhaps not.

I am feeling the pull of the tides as I sew these blocks.

Maybe it might be a good weekend to answer the call of the sea
and take a walk on the sand and look for real beach glass and eat seafood on a dock.
That is something we have done many a Memorial Day Weekend.

May you enjoy your long weekend, too. 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Stitch I Will!

I am ready ... so stitch I will. 

There is a new Stitch Along coming in June to the happy cross stitch along group

All you really need is the 

You could use whatever cross stitch cloth and floss you have or prefer.

At the FQS, Kimberly Jolly always encourages her listeners to
" Just To Do You"
to find what works for you and makes you happy.

After much thought about how I wanted to do this pattern and
considering whether I could make the sewing machine look like my beloved Janome,
I decided that my cross stitch abilities are not ready to rework a pattern that much.

I love the sample as shown and I had 10 count Vintage Aida cloth on hand in Daisy white,
I had some good Bohn tapestry needles in a size I can thread and use easily.
I decided to use Aurifloss as my stitches are best on 10 count Aida with this floss.

I am ready to start stitching.

This is my progress on new roof day yesterday on my

I am changing this one up.
I decided I preferred a 13 star canton on my flag.
This one is progressing well and I plan to work on it
when I am outside this long labor day weekend.

Inside I am making progress on my

and I need to finish up and pack up some swap blocks for mailing early next week.

I will be home,
enjoying our homey little Scrapatch.

Our new roof has already been christened with the rain and wind.

All is good.

What are you plans for the long Memorial Day Weekend?

Remember, Honor and Celebrate! 

May you and yours have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

I Like Thursdays ~ Post # 13 ~ A New Roof Over the Scrapatch

I like sitting outside stitching in the early morning sun.

7:00am found me sitting on our covered deck slowly stitching on my 

I bought my pattern in pdf form directly from the designer 

I like that the work crew showed up today and the sun is shining
and the roof over my happy place is getting fixed.
The Scrapatch really needed a new roof.

There was a bit of drama with us telling them to get off our friendly neighbor's driveway
when they took over her yard 
(after we had specifically told them not to when 
they quoted the job and we signed the papers
and they said it would not be a problem)
when they were clearing the roof.

After we got them back where they belonged,
I went back to counting stitches and it calmed me.

Now it is all good. 

I am making good progress and so are the roofers.

12:00pm when I looked up from counting and stitching, 
I decided it was time to take my laptop out of the case 
and found I was missing my usual Thursday fun
 visiting and reading about the life and times of the

I Like Thursday Quilters @ Not Afraid of Color

Time to find a bit of lunch.
Good day for takeout to be enjoyed on the deck.

Happy Thursday!  

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Beothuk Star QAL ~ Block 1

Block 1 done for the 

Since I only actually started cutting and sewing this quilt 

I am very pleased with my progress.

I think all the HSTs are in the right places and turned the right way.

I had a very helpful block inspector when I went to photograph this block
so I took it outside to enjoy the end of day sun in my yard.

No roofers today.
Well they boss showed up in the morning.
but he did not have enough workers.
Hopefully tomorrow will be the day.

My hubby did not enjoy getting up early to move his car
 when he is usually sleeping for his nightshift job
and he is even less happy pleased that he has to do it over again tomorrow. 

I am enjoying sewing along
and I love my fabrics! 

Only a few fat quarters needed to participate.

There were some pretty kits, too.

Are you sewing along?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Beothuk Star QAL ~ All In A Day's Work

My morning started like this.
These are the fabrics I chose to use for a quiltalong I wanted to do
that has been happening along without me.

There are some beautiful quilts in progress in the links!

I have been feeling a bit down lately about letting my quilty plans go sideaways.
like the Trinket QAL   which I kept up with so well in the beginning, 
then got sick, then got back on track,  then let slip away from me 
when I made the decision to buy my dream machine, my HQ Amara 20 
Then I had to completely mess up 
and reorganize my house and my quilting life.
Now all of this is a good thing and a wonderful adventure.
It does mean though that I am still readjusting to my new quilty life.
I am still finding my way as I go along.
Trying to do all I had planned and more.
I am enjoying this process.

I just wanted to sew this quilt.

with these beautiful seaglass fabrics

I chose this version of the design.

There is a linky party this week for the first blocks 
and I had not even sewn the last installment, the HSTs.

Today I was at the quilty crossroad of deciding,
"Am I going to sew along of this or not?"

I decided to cut and sew! 

3:30pm when my hubby was leaving for work,
I was here when he said goodbye.
I opted to use Triangles on a Roll for this project.

These are the 3" Finished Sized Triangles on a Roll

The process is easy sewing along the lines.

I use a 90/14 needle, my heavy duty foot and reduce my stitch length to 1.8
to make removing the papers easier.

Then trimming the sides of the paper and cutting into triangles.

This is my pile of triangles and my trimmings.

Peeling off the papers.
I do not mine this part.
Much better than drawing lines for me.

Pressed and ready to just trim off the dog ears with my snips.

6:00pm and I had all the HSTs needed for my quilt!

So I went from my start of day with my morning cup of coffee
to this .. and ready to sew my first blocks.

I am feeling quite good about my progress
and I even spent time with my hubby, 
made lunch, did some housework
and sat outside to enjoy the breezy spring day for awhile. 

Now I have to make another decision:

Star Center A ~ the light sea glass shards fabric,
which is a variation from the original design.


Star Center B ~ background fabric in the star centers,
as shown in the layout version above.

My blue grunge background fabric looks too washed out in this photo.
Not sure why. Actual color in earlier photo.

Which would you chose?

I even have a few hours left in the evening to decide and to start piecing the blocks.

Linking up today with the quilt is progress,
and happy to have something to show.

Tomorrow a roofing crew arrives at 7:00am to replace the roof over our heads.

Tomorrow morning  they will find me 
outside under the canopy on the deck with my morning cup of coffee.
a book and a hand stitching project.


Block 1 Done ~ Posted Here

Have a happy quilty evening ... :-) 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Pieces of My Scrappy Heart

Today I needed to catch up on piecing some scrappy heart swap blocks.

Nutmeg was my quilty kitty helper today.

Kitty and I have a few more blocks to make to mail out by the end of the month.

It has turned very warm and humid, more summer weather than spring.

We even had some thunderstorms move through tonight.


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Slow Sunday ~ Stitching & Relaxing

Today I started a new cross stitch project!

I am sharing this today with the lovely hand stitchers at

Slow Sunday Stitching

I got it set up, brewed a cup of coffee
 and took it outside to sit and stitch on my yard swing 
and watch my hubby put up the canvas canopy over our deck gazebo.
This is as far as I got in my first stitching session before it started to rain
and I went back inside to make a Sunday Brunch of homemade 
Belgian Waffles and sausage, fruit and juice. 

The pattern is 

I bought my pattern in pdf form directly from the designer 

I also started this

At first I did not think I had any need of a journal for my cross stitch efforts,
but then I realized that I have four projects in the works,
all on different aida cloth and different floss
and although each is in a project bag,
I have taken at least one item out of one of the bags 
to use in another project and I am never going to remember
where it belongs.
So decided I needed to keep track of what I am using for each project
so I can find what I need when I need it.

Here is the entry I made for my new start.

For this one I am using 14 count aida,
a mottled blue sky from

and I am using two strands of

I picked, Bamboo for white, Wavy Navy for blue and Ribbon Red for red.

I have not used 14 count aida in over 40 years.

It is a bit small for my eyes but I think I can do this.

I also learned a new cross stitch technique ..."Railroading" 

I learned this watching Kimberly Jolly in this

which is also where I decided to join in the new 
Cross Stitch Along.

I am a self-taught stitcher and quilter.
No one in my family did this or taught me.
Much of what I have learned has been via the internet.

I am happy to have this big beautiful online resource world
full of caring and sharing people.

This is the vintage American Flag that was folded up in the other photos.
This was one of my other projects this weekend.

One of my sons purchased a home last year that has a flag pole 
and he asked me if we had a flag for it.

I was happy to look through our old scout stuff and find this old beauty.
We passed forward most of these to new troops, but no one wanted this one. 

It is a very old flag of linen and cotton with embroidered stars.
About 30" by 55"
The triple bands of stitches between the stripes are perfect.
The white has yellowed some with age
and there are two small stains and a little fading.
It was a parade flag on a tall wooden pole but it has been in storage for many years.

You can see a small patch of fading on the star field.
I consider this flag still very beautiful and serviceable
and my son is happy to have it.

I am happy to see that it will fly free again for the last years of its life.

Brunch was yummy.
The kitchen is cleaned up.
My blog is updated for today.

The rain is letting up and the canvas cover is over the deck.
I shall be outside sitting and stitching again.

Update:  Sunday's End

Midnight found me bleary eyed and still trying to count my stitches.
This is my progress for the day.
I am having a much more difficult time counting my stitches on the 14 count aida.
Oddly, I can stitch them better than I can count them.

My goal for the week is the blue frame so I am more than halfway there.

I am counting that good.

May you have a Happy Sunday ! 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Inside ~ Outside

The morning started inside with Maestro and I still working on de-threading 

Outside the lure of sunshine, green grass, fresh air beckoned me.

The sight and scent of spring won out.

I took my second cup of coffee and my garden gloves out to the yard swing,
filled the feeders and the birdbath and watched the birds ...

... and the critters.

Despite Maestro's best effort to work on inside without me,

Evening found the cat asleep on my sewing chair and the top folded up
and placed on chair back.

I did get the relatively thread-free backing loaded onto the frame
as darkness fell outside my windows. 

I am too tired to finish the process of pressing the top and loading 
it onto the bar tonight.

Tomorrow is another day.

May you have a happy weekend inside and out.